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HF 3256

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/17/2016 02:30pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to energy; requiring construction of new coal-fired power plants;
authorizing a rate rider.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCOAL-FIRED POWER; NEW GENERATION.
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new text begin (a) A public utility subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116C.779, must build and
the Public Utilities Commission must approve five new coal-fired plants at the site where
the Sherburne County Generating Station currently exists. Each new plant must be (1)
independently operated, and (2) capable of producing up to 40 megawatts of electric
energy. Construction of the new plants must begin no later than January 1, 2022.
new text end

new text begin (b) Subject to Minnesota Statutes, chapter 216B, a public utility may petition the
commission outside of a general rate case for a rider to recover costs incurred to construct
the new coal-fired plants. The public utility must show that the project costs are reasonable
and necessary, and demonstrate its efforts to ensure the lowest reasonable project costs.
The commission may accept, modify, or reject any of the project costs. The commission
may determine whether to require an allowance for funds used during construction offset.
new text end